Winogrand Show At Worcester Art Museum

Worcester Art Museum is pleased to announce the photography exhibition, Winogrand's Women are Beautiful, on view August 10 through November 10, 2013. Worcester Art Museum owns a complete portfolio of the Women are Beautiful series by photographer Garry Winogrand (American, 1928-1984). 68 of the 85 images will be on view. Photographs feature black and white images of young adult women taken primarily during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Untitled (Histrionics on a Bench, World's Fair, New York), 1964, Gelatin silver print, Gift of the Schorr Family Collection, 1984.115 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Hailed as a pioneer of the "snapshot aesthetic" within the genre of documentary photography, Winogrand used a wide-angle Leica M4 camera to produce spontaneous images emphasizing how everyday subjects, like people, dogs, or crowds, interact with the landscape around them. His work features oblique perspectives, often resulting in uniquely composed photographs made by the stealthy eye of a private investigator. However, Winogrand is also routinely criticized for exploiting the subjects of his work, particularly women.

Organized by Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Nancy Burns, Winogrand's Women are Beautiful, presents the photographer's most popular portfolio through the lens of five varying themes. These themes seek to promote Winogrand's significance within the canon of photography, while engaging directly with the censure his works receive from art historians and feminists alike.

WAM's showing includes a mobile website highlighting 15 works along with supplementary material about Winogrand.

This exhibition serendipitously coincides with a retrospective focusing on Winogrand's unpublished work organized by SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

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